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Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Fest and more for the week of October 12

The 17th annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is on now through Sunday, October 21 with films and other cinema happenings at Northwest Film Forum, Pacific PlaceThe Egyptian,and Central Cinema. Pick up a schedule here at the store or visit the schedule page for the full list of films and gala events, and read up on the festival highligts in Seattle Weekly and The Stranger. Scarecrow is proud to once again be a sponsor of the festival and wish you all happy viewing.

 

In other festival news, the first half of the Seattle Polish Film Festival runs Friday through Sunday at SIFF Cinema, showcasing the best in contemporary Polish cinema. Visit their schedule page for the full list of films. The second half of the fest will be next weekend at SIFF.

SIFF Cinema this week welcomes Argo, based on the true story of a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, done by disguising the rescue team as a film crew. Ben Affleck directed and stars along side an incredible supporting cast including John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston--all with appropriately 70s style. The Richard Gere/Susan Sarandon thriller Arbitrage and Ira Sachs' personal, romantic drama following a decades-long relationship between two men Keep the Lights On continue their runs at SIFF Cinema this week as well.

This weekend's Films4Families matinee is Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation version of Roald Dahl's novel. It's so good you may cuss. On Monday, there's a special preview of Hellbound?, director Kevin Miller's "provocative look at modern Christianity's view of hell explores what our beliefs reveal about how we perceive God, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves." Miller will be in attendance for the screening. Monday through Thursday you can enjoy director Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy, "ambiguously interconnected tales about love and loss," on the big screen, with Blue on Monday, White on Tuesday, Red on Wednesday, and all three in a row Thursday night (if you have the time, that's a fantastic triple feature). The last of Seattle Center's Next 50 free screenings is A Story Runs Through It,"a project that seeks to capture stories about Seattle’s civic fabric through short films that Seattle area residents of all ages have submitted."

 

Central Cinema goes full force into the Halloween season this week with Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (it's pronounced Fraankensteen) and the original Wes Craven Nightmare on Elm Street. On Monday, the cheesy 80s half man/half fish movie Humanoids From The Deep gets the Hecklevision treatment (your humorous insights appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging). Thursday brings Cartoon Happy Hour and the dark romance of Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing and Gary Oldman as Dracula.

 

Grand Illusion Cinema continues the Curse of All Monsters Attack! series with two Vincent Price/Peter Lorre vehicles: Roger Corman's The Raven and Jacques Tourneur's Comedy of Terrors.

A 35mm print of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead makes an encore appearance in the Late Night viewing spot on Friday and Saturday night. Also returning for the younger and more squemish among us is Kiddie Creature Feature on Saturday and Sunday is The Magic Sword, a 1962 film starring Basil Rathbone, promises "Knights and Sorcerers, Chivalry and Witchcraft...and adventures that defy the imagination!"

 

The lovely Pike Place Market-adjacent Can-Can has B-Monday Mondays with a fine selection of cult classics, grindhouse, and experiment b-movies, along with free popcorn and 1/2 price Absinthe. Up on the Hill, BenDeLaCreme and Major Scales present the Capitol Hill Creepshow every Sunday in October at Wildrose with a different horror flop, creepy comedic commentary, and petrifying prizes each week.

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